Andrija Tokic in his East Nashville studio, The Bomb Shelter.
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July 29, 2014 Four stories of rock and roll musicians making a home — and a scene — in a buzzing neighborhood just across the Cumberland River from the palaces of country music.
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Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye.
July 24, 2014 The video for the teenage duo Maddie & Tae's first single, "Girl In A Country Song," cheerfully turns the tables on the cartoonish macho tendencies of so much recent country music.
Jenny Lewis' new album, The Voyager, comes out July 29.
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July 20, 2014 The Voyager's clever (but never too-clever) sound builds an open structure within which Lewis can explore her current fascination: the weight of full adulthood, and its paradoxical precariousness.
Morrissey's new album, World Peace Is None Of Your Business, comes out July 15.
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July 6, 2014 "The rhythm of life goes round," the singer repeats, summing up a set ranging from politics to gang violence to gender identity. He's in fine voice, belting and going gentle without strain.
Paramore's "Ain't It Fun" was originally released on Paramore in April 2013, but the single hit radio in February and hasn't left since.
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July 3, 2014 Many of today's biggest radio hits came out months — even years — ago. That extended lifespan can change your relationship with a song, but it's not always a matter of overexposure.
You've Got A Friend: Ed Sheeran's second album, X, released this week, sets out to prove that the "friend zone" doesn't have to be toxic.
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June 26, 2014 On his new album, X, rising singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran turns the at times troubling idea of the "friend zone" into something safe and sustaining.
Jim Lauderdale's new album, I'm A Song, comes out July 1.
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June 22, 2014 On his new country album, the roots-music veteran still touches nerves, carefully but firmly. Lauderdale continually shows that the trappings surrounding a song are only as meaningful as its core.
During the CMA Festival in downtown Nashville, Miranda Lambert (left) welcomed Carrie Underwood for a duet on their hit "Somethin' Bad."
June 11, 2014 Five days of organized excitement in Nashville have their origins in a fan event, which makes for a more welcoming atmosphere than most American festivals — and no hierarchy of cool.
Willie Nelson's new album, Band of Brothers, comes out June 17.
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June 6, 2014 On Nelson's first album of mostly original material in 18 years, he paints a self-portrait of a long, up-and-down life — specifically the life of an artist.
Miranda Lambert's album, Platinum, comes out on June 3.
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June 2, 2014 The chart-topping singer talks about fame, what country means to her and being "married to a man who's married to attention," in the words of "Priscilla," a song from her new album.
Jose James' new album, While You Were Sleeping, comes out June 10.
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June 1, 2014 The soul singer keeps reinventing others' songs and himself. James' new album is more direct than his earlier material in some ways, and more experimental in others, but grounded in a soulful groove.
Joe Henry's new album, Invisible Hour, comes out June 3.
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May 25, 2014 Henry's new album examines the complexities of commitment, coupling gloom with streaming daylight and gilding his saddest observations with joy and awe.
Meshell Ndegeocello's new album, Comet, Come to Me, comes out June 3.
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May 25, 2014 The iconoclastic singer's 11th album is the sort of rich work that keeps changing inside the listener's head — an often-quiet set of songs with intense staying power.
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires' new album, Dereconstructed, comes out May 27.
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May 18, 2014 On its second album, the band is intense enough to refresh the Southern-rock legacy it's joined. Throughout Dereconstructed, its members examine the fight to claim a home that can drive you crazy.
Tori Amos on stage in Glasgow, three days before the release of her 14th studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines.
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May 13, 2014 Tori Amos fans understand her music in elemental terms. To celebrate Unrepentant Geraldines, her excellent new album, we asked five of them to pinpoint the elements that make her so unmistakable.
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